Hi everyone! Continuing on with my series of blog posts why I feel the need to explain myself lol. The last two posts I did were Why I Don’t Collect Different Editions of Books and Why I Don’t Re-Read Books. I figured I would continue on with this little series I have going on and talk about why I DNF (Do Not Finish) books. So let’s jump right in!
A lot of people are okay with DNF’ing a book they aren’t really into. I have done it before and I promise you, I will do it again. But some people are really into the mindset that if they pick up a book and start it, they need to finish it.
I feel like for book bloggers this a difficult thing for some of us to do. On one hand, if you DNF a book, that means no review. No blog post. Big problems. I understand that and honestly I have read 1 star books before because I honestly just wanted to read it so I could review it. I’m not ashamed guys! Here are some reasons why I do choose to DNF though:
(1) It isn’t an ARC/Required Reading
I will easily DNF a book if it’s not an ARC and I’m not feeling it. Whether I own it or I borrowed it from the library… ESPECIALLY if I borrowed it from the Library, I will DNF it way quicker than I would an ARC I receive.
(2) It is just horrible
If the writing is off… the characters… the plot… DNF.
(3) It upsets me emotionally/has a negative impact
Sometimes a book can just be too much. Hence why I won’t read The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. I saw the movie in high school and decided I’m way too scared to read it and have it impact me so hard as the movie did.
(4) I don’t believe in it
There are some books that are so religious, so anti-something that I won’t read it. If it’s about something I don’t believe in, I will not pick it up.
(5) My mood/The season
I am a mood reader. And by mood reader, that means in my case a seasonal mood reader. I typically tend to read certain genres during certain times of the year. If I start a book and it’s not really in my mood, it is very easy to DNF. It basically goes:
- Winter – Fantasy
- Spring – Contemporary/ YA RF
- Summer – Romance/Contemporary
- Fall – Mystery/Thrillers & Fantasy
Some Books I’ve Recently DNF’d
With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
Honestly, I really want to get back to this one. My mood just started to change and I started to really not care for it. Great book, just my mood was off.
Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas – Andrea Pyros
This book just bothered me within the first 20 pages. I already hated the main character and the writing was just horrible. DNF’d 30 minutes into reading it.
How do you guys feel about DNF’ing books? Let me know in the comments!